Wood blinds add architecture and style to nearly any window. While they can be a great option in many cases, they are not the best solution in every room. Following are the pros and cons of using wood blinds in your home.
Wood blinds are fantastic option for rooms that lack architectural interest. Unlike fabric shades, wood blinds tend to look more “built-in,” and become a part of the structure of the home – almost like a piece of furniture or cabinetry. The warmth of the wood can add dimension and richness to spaces with little other wood in the room. Wood blinds come in an array of colors, finishes and vane sizes to fit any decor. And, they offer amazing flexibility at the window: they can be raised and lowered to adjust the view and light level in the room, and the vanes can be opened and closed to further adjust light level and privacy. This photo of Hunter Douglas Country Woods Blinds shows how wood blinds can create a warm, elegant atmosphere in a room while controlling the light level:
However, not all windows are good candidates for wood blinds. Wood blinds tend to be very heavy. When they are installed on a large window, they can be unwieldy to raise and lower, and the stress on the inner cords can cause them to break prematurely. The vanes are thicker than those of aluminum blinds, resulting in a large “stack” at the top of the window. The “stack” of vanes can block part of the light coming in the window and will block parts of the view. Wood blinds, especially darker stains, tend to show dust more readily than other types of window treatments. However, high-end manufacturer Hunter Douglas has treated their shades and blinds to repel dust, which helps to counteract this negative aspect of wood blinds.
In addition, wood is a natural product, which means that variations in grain pattern and color are likely. Wood can also expand and contract with changes in moisture, which can lead to twisting and warping of the vanes – especially in lower quality wood blinds. This feature makes them poor choices for areas with high moisture, such as windows above bath tubs, inside showers or above kitchen sinks.
While wood blinds are not the perfect window treatment solution for every space, they can be a lovely addition to many rooms. Prices vary greatly between brands, as does the quality of the blinds. If you are considering wood blinds, be sure to explore your options and ask many questions so you can be sure you are getting the best product you can afford. Adding wood to your windows could be just the thing to add style to your space.